CHANDIGARH: All is not well in the ruling BJP Government in Haryana, as a dozen party MLAs from southern Haryana have lodged a complaint with the party high command against Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar of being ignored by their own government and not been listened to at all. A meeting has now been called in this regard on March 15 and 16 to sort out the matter.
Sources said that now V Satish Joint General Secretary (Organization) of the saffron party will listen to the disgruntled party leaders and legislators from the party in meeting at Haryana Bhawan in Delhi and Gurgaon. As per the schedule, Satish has kept the district level office bearers and then state-level office bearers meeting in Gurgaon besides booth and booth-level representatives of Gurgaon on March 15. It is expected that besides the office bearers many MLAs from the southern part of the state will also take part in this meeting.
As the resentment in the part is from this part of the state, as the elected representatives allege that the baby-dom is running the government and no officer is listening to them and that the DCs and SSPs do not even take their phone calls. Besides, the officers a few handpicked people close to the Chief Minister are calling the shots and ministers do not listen to them.
Also, they allege that the corruption is rampant in the State. They had threatened to raise this issue in the ongoing budget session which could be a major embarrassment for the BJP Government.
But it is being said in party circles that in the meeting the party office bearers at different levels would be told to be united to fight the forthcoming municipal elections of Gurgaon and they should go to the public and say what all the State government has done in the past for development.
Sources said that the next day on March 16, Satish will hold meetings of all the party MLAs, then of the state cabinet and council of ministers and after that of all the Members of Parliament of the party and finally will hold parallels with Chief Minister Khattar in which he might seek an explanation from the CM besides some answers on vital issues raised by party leaders.
Earlier, Gurgaon MLA Umesh Aggarwal had even called up BJP National President Amit Shah who was then campaigning in Uttar Pradesh. Shah had reportedly assured Aggarwal of resolving their grievances once he is back on March 11.
These MLAs have met Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar twice to sort out grievances but talks remained inconclusive. Also, earlier a few of them had meetings with party’s National General Secretary and Haryana in-charge Dr Anil Jain and Ram Lal Ji National General Secretary (Organization) but to no avail.
In the 90-member assembly, BJP has 47 MLAs and has the support of five MLAs (four Independents and one of BSP). But, these five MLAs are now supporting these disgruntled 12 MLAs.